Solar Panels are Coming to Chernobyl
The Ukrainian government has launched an ambitious project to breathe new life into the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
A project being led by Ukrainian engineering firm Rodina Energy Group will see the installation of a network of solar panels that will take advantage of transmission lines already set up in the exclusion zone surrounding the reactor.
The infamous disaster – the worst nuclear incident in human history – left the huge swathe of land uninhabitable for at least 20,000 years. Farming and forestry are also unable to take place in the area.
Rodina, in partnership with German clean energy company Enerparc AG, want to build renewables that will be one megawatt in size and cost around $1.2 million to build. This is the first stage in the developers’ $119 million plan for the area, which could provide up to 99 more megawatts of solar power in Ukraine.
Around 60 companies have expressed interest in setting up an operation in Chernobyl, including large French and Chinese firms.